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Nov 26, 2012 12:00am PST
barack obama rank now among our presidents? it's lincoln first, then washington, then f.d.r. and washington. where do presidential historians think barack obama may someday rank? dreams of glory. how does president obama look at adams, washington and jefferson? does he even look at the founders for inspiration? finally, second terms are o beset by problems, even scandals and crises often come during second terms. will the second term for barack obama bring him the chance for greatness? i'm chris matthews, welcome to the show. with us today, jon meacham, presidential historian and author of "thomas jefferson: the art of power," michael beschloss, presidential historian, annette gordon-reed, author of "the hemingses of monticello," and jodi kantor, "new york times" writer. as president obama looks to his special terms, historians look at his past with great decisions and great achievements. the president met with several historians during his first term to get their vials. in fact, jodi kantor has written about those sessions between the president and the historians. how d
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Nov 13, 2012 4:00am PST
on the job for now. in washington preparing for senate confirmation hearing that's been put on hold. meantime the fbi conducted a consensual search of broadwell's home. jill kelley's brother calls her the victim. >> she took issue with it. when she took issue, she didn't realize it was going to spark this storm. >> reporter: in washington congress wants to know why it took several days for them and the president to learn about petraeus. >> we need to focus on bigger issues. there was no national security breach. the fbi said it and i think that's the end of the story. >> reporter: lawmakers want to hear from petraeus not just on his affair but the investigation into the deaths in benghazi. back to the information about allen. it's important to note a senior official says allen did nothing inappropriate. the inspector general is investigating. >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. >>> general allen's boss, defense secretary leon panetta was the man in charge of the cia before petraeus. as tracie mentioned last night, speaking while aboard a flight to australia, panetta reacted to the petra
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Nov 14, 2012 4:00am PST
to investigators. meanwhile, the washington post quotes senior law enforcement officials as saying the search conducted at broadwell's home monday night marks a renewed focus on learning just how broadwell gained access to classified files. jill kelley, who has given some impression that she has some kind of state department status that officials say she does not have, called police last weekend after news crews, including nbc, staked out her home and at one point invoked diplomatic-type privileges. >> i am an honorary consul-general so i have inviolability so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. >> just who is jill kelley. her name has come up in connection with two of the nation's top commanders. more now on her story from nbc's kristen welker. >> mrs. kelley, how are you doing? >> reporter: jill kelley was well known in social circles around tampa long before she became fodder for the tabloids of new york. she and husband scott, a surgeon, threw lavish parties at their ten bedroom home that sold for $1.5 milli
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Nov 7, 2012 11:00am PST
, all of washington must now work together to build a stronger and a better nation. >> but this morning, there is panic on wall street. right now, the dow is down more than 250 points. after president obama's re-election and new concerns about the global economy. good morning, and thanks for being with us. i'm marla taez. >> i'm john kelly. good morning, everybody. at one point, 303 points lost on the dow. the marks this morning weighted down with post election worries. let's check in with business and tech reporter scott mcgruen. you say this is not wall street expressing disappointment over four more years of obama. >> not obama, the man. the broader markets did rise significantly in the four years since president obama took office. the worry here is the fiscal cliff. a little more than 55 days from now, automatic and draconian cuts will combine with big tax increases unless washington works together to stop it. and wall street justifiably worried this morning the two sides, the democratic president and senate, and a republican house, will not be able to come to agreement. that's why
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Nov 12, 2012 4:00am PST
chorus of questions from lawmakers about exactly when the affair came to light, who in washington was told about it, and when they were told. nbc's kristen walker has the latest on the controversy. >> reporter: according to a senior federal official and close friend of david petraeus, 37-year-old jill kelly complained to fbi agents about being harassed by paula broadwell, david petraeus's biographer. a senior u.s. military official says jill kelly is involved in wounded warrior fundraising in tampa, is married, she and her husband are close petraeus family friends. officials say the downfall started when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving intimidating e-mails from broadwell. law enforcement officers tell nbc news that those e-mails tloed the discovery of others between general petraeus and broadwell and were indicative of an extramarital affair. >> my first reaction was disbelief. >> reporter: steven boylen is petraeus's former spokesperson and served with him in iraq. he has spoken to petraeus twice this weekend, and says his former boss is remorseful. >> he said
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Nov 27, 2012 4:00am PST
sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. today we'll see a continued push by the white house. in fact, for the rest of this week, new details released this morning, still pushing for those taxes on the rich. meantime, here on capitol hill we're seeing some small signs of compromise. today president obama meets with small business leaders continuing his push for higher taxes for the wealthy. a new xhous economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle class family will owe uncle sam another $2200 next year. >> it seems to be the thing we can agree on, that middle class families should see an extension of these tax cuts. >> reporter: some prominent republicans dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we've been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it's tied to spending cuts and pro growth tax reform that broadens the base. >> you don't raise rates. you cap the amount -- it hets the wealthy. >> reporter: the bottom line, americans are bo
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Nov 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
of lottery going on in washington. they're playing with our money. we're going to find out shortly if two parties can agree on a way to keep this country from falling off what is referred to for good reason as a "fiscal cliff,". there were sporadic outbreaks of bipartisanship, no real compromise yet. but the issues are tough and will affect every single american before it is over. we'll take a closer look on how it could impact medicare in just a moment. first we want to begin with white house political director chuck todd, good evening. on where things stand at the negotiating table, good evening >> reporter: today, washington had the feel of a full-blown election campaign. there were props. there were gimmicks and heated political rhetoric from one end of pennsylvania avenue to the other, all over the so-called fiscal cliff. redeploying the campaign image, the president surrounded himself with what he called average middle class families, to ramp up the pressure on the republicans. >> if congress does nothing, every family in america will see their taxes automatically go up at the begin
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Nov 8, 2012 4:30am PST
home is expected to enter a plea this morning. darnell washington and his wife tania are charged with the murder of susie ko. they stole her car and then fled to washington state. darnell washington was extradited to conat that costa county and his wife is still being held in a washington jail. >>> san francisco police want you to look at three men charged with vandalizing a muni bus. the first suspect was wearing a black giants sweatshirt and black baseball hat. the second suspect is caucasian and was wearing black clothes and a baseball hat. the third suspect is black, last seen wearing a red jacket with stripes. police arrested 19-year-old nicholas hudson earlier this week. he is being charged with three felonies for his role in the fire that burned a muni bus. police also charged a man for smashing the bus window. anybody connected with this destruction will have to pay part of that $700,000 replacement cost. >>> chevron is laying out its plan to fix the damage from a massive fire in august. it will use chrome al loi to replace the pipes. it hopes to get all repairs done earl
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Nov 9, 2012 4:00am PST
to washington and whether the white house and congress can put aside campaign bitterness to reach a deal avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. last night house speaker john boehner insisted he's optimistic about an agreement telling abc's diane sawyer he is, quote, the most reasonable responsible person in washington but he's also not backing off his stand on tax hikes. >> raising taxes on small business people is the wrong prescription given where our economy is. >> is it on the table to talk about -- >> i made clear yesterday that raising tax rates is unacceptable. and, frankly, it couldn't even pass the house. >> at issue here, a perfect economic storm that could have serious consequences. nbc's andrea mitchell breaks it down for you. >> reporter: the campaign was tough. victory is sweet. now comes the hard part. >> on january 21st, 2013, there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: so what exactly is the fiscal cliff? it's a nightmare combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that congress and the president agreed to to force thems
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Nov 11, 2012 8:00am PST
>>> this morning on "meet the press" -- an unfolding scandal in washington. and a new battle over the fiscal cliff. the election celebration is short-lived. a surprise resignation by cia director david petraeus comes days before congressional hearings over the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we'll get reaction this morning from capitol hill and the very latest reporting on this developing story from our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell, who broke the story friday afternoon. also the president and republicans get set to negotiate new taxes and spending cuts. is a breakthrough possible? >> i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. we've debated over and over again. and on tuesday night we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we're ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans but as americans. now, we want you to lead. >> where does it all go from sneer we'll ask democratic senator from new york chuck schumer and republican senator from oklahoma tom coburn. also we check in with c
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Nov 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
of the impact was felt yesterday with the heavy rains up in washington state. we notice that front has now pushed all the way into northern idaho and montana. the storm is still bringing here, about a bring a little chunk of rain into the greater portland area and up towards seattle. the north side just locked in with the rain. we have a moisture connection far to the south. it went all the way down and is lingering near san francisco, san jose and sacramento. so, pretty big storm by any standards in the west. i wouldn't say it was the most impactful storm, nothing like the east coast saw, but it was a pretty good one. as far as the forecast for today, we'll continue, especially early rain around san francisco and definitely in the northwest. notice temperatures aren't do bad for this time of though, you should stay dry around san diego to los angeles. i'll give you a look at your friday forecast coming up and also the election day forecast. >> an important one. bill, thank you. >>> well, just 120 hours to go before election day. governor romney continues on the stump, while president obam
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Nov 26, 2012 5:30pm PST
story is the fact that some very tough choices are coming, and it is the folks in washington who are going to decide for everyone. we have it all covered tonight, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, leaders in wall street and washington have been warning for weeks of a possibility of an economic downturn if they don't avert what we have been calling the fiscal cliff. and yet the consumers we have been talking about are not acting very worried. trying to capitalize on the strong holiday shopping season, the president warned that the economy will spiral downward if it is not addressed. >> i think it is a reason that retailers are so concerned. that congress has not yet extended the middle class tax cuts. >> reporter: the report also estimates that consumer spending could drop by $200 billion by 2013. 31st, there will be a massive fiscal cliff, of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: the federal reserve chairman coined that term last spring, restoration of 2% in payroll taxes, expiration of unemploy
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Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
and washington state. you can see the next one is already making its way onshore, and we are looking at heavy rain, especially across northern california. you can see a closer look. that band of heavy rain just to the west of northern california, that's going to move onshore, and we are going to see a series of these rounds of heavier pockets of rain move in, especially this afternoon. winds will get gusty as well. we had a lot of delays yesterday because of the bad weather out in california. we will most likely see more of those today. look at some of the expected rainfall totals over the next 48 hours. we could end up with some parts of northern california, just north of redding, possibly picking up more than a foot of rainfall out of this system, and it does look like that will continue for most of the week. lynn? >> dylan, thanks so much. >>> and for the rest of us, it was another day of facing the fiscal cliff. white house negotiators head to capitol hill today. they're going to sit down with congressional leaders and talk about specific proposals from both sides for an agreement to avoi
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Nov 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
washington has not pushed both sides hard enough. >> the peace process yielded by the united states has helped nothing for the palestinians. at the end of the day, this is about land. >> reporter: a major concern for israel is that the palestinians could now use their new status to press the united nations criminal court to press the occupiers in the territory. today, they are threatening to punish the palestinians by withholding u.s. aid, brian. >> andrea mitchell in our washington bureau tonight, thank you. >>> and then there was that lunch at the white house today, the president and mitt romney who arrived at a side door, walked in and sat down with the man who got the job he wanted so badly. kristen welker has more on the story. at the white house with more on the sit-down between two former rivals, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. this lunch was really more about optics than substance. and mostly, it was striking a tone of bipartisanship after a decisive campaign. formerly bitter rivals, mitt romney and president obama, hoping to show they have put past differ
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Nov 6, 2012 4:00am PST
over the television with foreign correspondence stations not just in washington and florida, but all over the u.s. extensive coverage in newspapers, websites. virtually every foreign news organization has on its website a prominent section devoted to the u.s. election. that's tough to imagine in the u.s., that we would pay that kind of attention to another country's political contest. in fact, "the times" in london said their u.s. election section is now their most clicked aside from their home page and the views of it have gone up about 500% since august. part of the reason for all of this global attention is that so many people in so many other countries are looking for a catalyst for change in their own nations coming from a strong decision in the u.s. tonight there will be watch parties all over the world lasting all night long. lynn? >> all right, michelle kosinski for us in london. >>> right now vice president joe biden is in line along with his wife jill and son beau. he is the first of the major candidates to make it to the polling place this morning. mr. biden is at a high s
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Nov 7, 2012 4:30am PST
winning another four years. the president thanking the voters, saying emphatically, all of washington must now work together to build a stronger and a better nation. good morning, everybody, it is 4:30, almost 4:31. what a night it was. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. the crowd was excited as obama gave his acceptance speech. thousands of obama supporters filled the mccormick place. they were jumping for joy. in what was a tightly contested race. >> but it was a different night in boston where mitt romney graciously succeeded the long-fought election to the president. we were at the watch party in boston. she joins us now with reaction. >> reporter: this ballroom cleared out almost immediately after romney conceded the race. the supporters walked out in quiet disappointment. with his family behind him and thousands of supporters before him, republican challenger mitt romney congratulated president barack obama on his re-election. >> i so wish i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction but the nation chose another leader. and so ann and i
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Nov 7, 2012 5:30pm PST
this afternoon, heading back to washington where voters decided he should stay for four more years. at his campaign headquarters in chicago this afternoon, mr. obama thanked staff and supporters. this, after a night of emotional celebration in his hometown of chicago, 20,000 turned out, shedding tears and sharing hugs. >> a long campaign is now over. and whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you have made me a better president. michelle, i have never loved you more. >> reporter: mixed with a little bit of humor aimed at his daughters. >> i am so proud of you guys, but i will say for now, one dog is enough. >> reporter: the president held almost 2,000 campaign events, logging miles on air force one, the candidates spending the most money in history. it is a victory at times seeming impossible, given the anemic economy, and sharply divided electorate. >> this disruptive debate here on capitol hill. >> reporter: mr. obama seemed to recognize the new urgency for bipartisanship. >> i am looking forward to reaching out and working with both parti
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Nov 8, 2012 4:00am PST
. >>> a victory for president obama. now he returns to washington to deal with a serious financial disaster. >>> and dodging traffic. a nasty auto accident caught on tape, along with the pedestrian who walked away from it. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, november 8th, 2012. >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. more misery for residents in the northeast this morning as a powerful nor'easter has battered areas already hard hit by hurricane sandy. with winds topping 60 miles per hour, the nor'easter dumped as much as a foot of snow in some parts, downing trees and power lines. as many as 1,700 flights have been canceled just in the past 24 hours, and according to the latest numbers, nearly 401,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity this morning after these two big storms. nbc's danielle leigh is in trenton, new jersey, for us this morning. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. we're waking up to a couple inches of snow here in trenton. behind me, a downed tree that possibly fell during the height of last night's storm. and for the hundre
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Nov 8, 2012 11:00am PST
outside san jose pd, bob redell. >>> darnell washington, the fugitive accused of killing susie ko inside her hercules home last month was in court this morning where he was expected to enter a plea. nbc bay area's christie smith is live outside that courthouse in richmond with more. christie, what happened? >> reporter: good morning. this was a very brief court appearance for darnell washington. maybe lasted less than two minutes. he didn't speak or look at the row of cameras inside the courtroom facing him. the 24-year-old is accused of killing retired hercules schoolteacher susie ko. washington's attorney, the public defender, accepted the case but they did not enter a plea today. there are nine counts against him including murder, robbery and carjacking. part of a crime spree that started in southern california with his wife, tania washington, and allegedly included a jail break and wounding a deputy. prosecutors say on october 5th, they killed ko at her home. on the same day, they robbed a k-mart in sunol. they allegedly stole ko's car. ended up in washington state where they led pol
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Nov 7, 2012 6:00am PST
who told supporters in boston he gave it his all. and insisted washington must come together. >> the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> that is a legacy we honor and applaud tonight. >> reporter: the president won the slim majority in key states, ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, iowa, colorado, new hampshire. virginia and nevada weren't called until early this morning, after he was declared the projected winner. still outstanding, florida, where, at 2:00 a.m., people were still in line, voting. florida still counting that vote, not to mention, we're told thousands of absentee ballots that haven't even been touched yet. it could be this afternoon before we know how florida voted. that's the latest, i'm tracie potts. >> with president obama solidified for another four years, california public schools no longer in limbo. prop 38 which would have raised funds for schools by increasing taxes on a sliding scale, this one has failed. overnight, prop 3
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Nov 12, 2012 3:00am PST
david petraeus, which sent as you know shock waves through washington. new details emerging now this weekend about the fbi investigation that led to the discovery of what officials believe was an extramarital affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. and of course so many questions about where this goes from here. joining me now for the latest on this developing story, the "washington post's" bob woodward and our own chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell who broke the story as i mentioned on friday. so andrea, here we are on sunday morning, new details. we know there was someone close to petraeus who got threatening e-mails. a whistleblower. she goes to the fbi. and that's how they get to the affair. >> this other woman, and we know she's not in the government and that she's not a family member, complained to the fbi about what she felt were harass k and threatening e-mails. it was that investigation that led -- they were anonymous e-mails. that led to broadwell's e-mail account. and by examining broadwell's, paula broadwell the biographer's e-ma
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Nov 10, 2012 5:00pm PST
of trust the general himself called unacceptable. nbc bay area's brian mooar has the story from washington. >> the sudden fall of cia chief david petraeus has washington asking how and why. and the woman suddenly in the spotlight, author paula broadwell, isn't saying. back in january, she was promoting her book on the general. >> he absolutely loves the agency, and i think it's a great place for him. >> broadwell, a west point graduate and arm reserve officer had close access to the cia director. federal agents are investigating whether she had access to his e-mails or computer. >> my understanding is that the fbi's investigation into what took place on computers there did not -- was not necessarily focused on him. they came by the information by accident. >> law enforcement and multiple u.s. sources tell nbc news that e-mails between general petraeus and paula broadwell were indicative of an aextramarital affair. nbc was unable to reach paula for a comment. in his resignation letter, the retired four-star general revealed had he "show extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital
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Nov 15, 2012 4:00am PST
'm lynn berry. and today one scandal will give way to another in washington. former cia director david petraeus is expected to testify in a closed-door senate intelligence committee hearing. general petraeus is not expected to discuss his personal indiscretions that ended his cia career last week. instead, he'll be discussing details on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that resulted in the death of ambassador christopher stevens and three others. >>> also, the controversy over u.n. ambassador susan rice calling the assault spontaneous back in september has reached a boiling point. yesterday, president obama, in his first news conference since re-election, exploded at republican finger-pointing over rice. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had receive d, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> earlier, senators mccain and graham slammed
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Nov 18, 2012 3:30pm PST
here at home, much of the focus here in washington remains on controversy on what happened in gaza. >> reporter: on "meet the press," firm denials on benghazi from a top democrat. >> was there a cover-up? do you believe that the president or anybody serving the president deliberately misled the true nature of this attack for political reasons? >> no. >> reporter: former cia director david petraeus left no doubt in his testimony on friday. he said all along that the attack was a terror attack. >> it was terror. that's the point. >> reporter: republicans continued their attack on u.n. ambassador susan rice and her account in the days following the attack that expressed her role in an anti-muslim video. >> the stories he told re-enforced a political narrative helpful to the president. she was the most politically compliant person they could find. i don't know what she told, but i know the stories she told were miss leading. >> it was one of the most unfair attacks i have ever seen in washington in 34 years, susan rice was using the unclassifies talking points that were provided by the
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Nov 20, 2012 4:00am PST
holiday travel. >> anyone trying to travel yesterday in oregon and washington state, it wasn't pretty. not much better this morning either. we knew this was going to be a big storm. it was very impressive yesterday. 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts on the coastline of oregon. minor damage in seattle. we saw people lose power. we're continuing to watch this plume of heavy rain. it has shifted further to the south. it looks like it's about to move a little bit to the south and to the east there of portland. i-5 is definitely the worst drive out there, a solid shield of rain. there's more to come with heavier stuff off the california coastline. even eureka will get the mess to. seattle, one of the top ten wettest november days you experienced yesterday. once we get past the line, the edge of the front will try to clear out. there's more stuff behind it with unsettled hit-and-miss showers and even thunderstorms. the weather pattern, warm air ahead of the system. as the storm continues to dig down, we'll watch the continued threat of showers and even a few thunderstorms are posable, especially
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Nov 22, 2012 4:00am PST
at the capital area food bank in washington, d.c. and earlier in the day, president obama's daughters helped in the traditional pardon for the official white house thanksgiving turkey. after the president's re-election, he joked that life is all about second chances, and this november, "i couldn't agree more." >>> in a new study out, sweden suggests that teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are four to seven times more likely that be others to break the law. the study published in the new england journal of medicine also found that the use of adhd medication into adulthood might also help curb crime. >>> markets left off on a high note before closing for today's holiday. the dow close at the 12,836 after gaining 48 points. the s&p was up three and the nasdaq added nine. >>> heading overseas now, the nikkei shot up 144 points, while the hang seng climbed 218. >>> hostess has made their last twinkies and loaves of wonder bread. the company whose products date back to the late 1800s has received permission to sell off its brands putting more than 18,000 workers in the unemployment l
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Nov 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
b.a.r.t. station and amtrak station. cal playing the washington huskies. kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. >> pretty cool, friday night lights. >> it looks really, really nice. >>> 4:42 right now. big news expected from washington just over an hour from right now. why it could be a make-or-break moment on the campaign trail. >>> plus it is already on sale halfway around the world. the coveted apple ipad mini. >> breath taking. >> we're going to show you what bay area stores are doing today in preparation for sales. >>> welcome back, everyone. a good friday morning to you. looking forward to the weekend. i think a nice weekend upon us. >> a nice weekend. you know why? we get to sleep in an additional hour. >> love it. >> i know. i can't say that enough. everybody always perks up. we get to sleep in another hour on sunday. if you're with us right now, chances are you are an early morning riser so we need it the most, don't we? 4:45 now. takinge ing ing a live look at . we'll have an update on the lockout coming up. the bay bridge looks good. we're expecting the winds to pick up throughout
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Nov 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
a mad dash seeking swing state votes. we have tracie potts tracking it all from washington. >> reporter: new this morning, the nation's unemployment rate is 7.9%, up slightly from a month ago as expected although 171,000 jobs were created in october, plus 134,000 not originally reported in september. >> this is a great report. >> it is consistent with the consumer confidence numbers. it illustrates the break we have seen. consumers have been saying we have more jobs and we're feeling better. >> reporter: both candidates land in ohio today. so far here is the travel schedule. governor romney visits seven states, including a rally in ohio with 100 supporters and politicians and celebrities. in virginia, a make up from hurricane sandy. >> he was the other day talking about saving characters on "sesame street" and playing word game was my name. >> reporter: president obama also visits seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio. his must-win state. he'll be there every day between now and the election making his closing argument high lighting higher home prices and overse
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Nov 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
news, washington. >>> "the new york times" blogger studies all the polls and he says the latest statistic shows president obama leading in 19 out of the 20 swing state polls. silver predicted the 2008 election correctly in 49 out of the 50 states. he said there is a 16% chance that the state polls could be wrong and governor romney will win the race. >>> governor jerry brown is spending the last few days before the election campaigning for proposition 30. he visited some phone bank workers in l.a. this afternoon. proposition 30 would temporarily raise sales tax a quarter cent and hike income taxes on individuals may knowing more than $250,000 a year. it is expected to raise $6 billion to help fund education. but there are mixed feelings about the plan. >> essentially what they're going to do is use the money they would have had to fund education this year and spend that on other projects that they want to use. >> we stand for schools and we stand for the future. that's why i think proposition 30 will have a very strong win on tuesday. >> prop 30 faces challenges from rival prop
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Nov 5, 2012 4:00am PST
-american. plus another presidential predictor, a win or loss by the washington redskins on their final game before election day has accurately predicted the presidency in 17 of the past 18 elections. we'll have details next. >>> while the east coast is getting ready for another nor'easter, the west coast continues to enjoy beautiful weather. the exception? a little bit in the northwest. details are coming up. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back. here are some stories making news this morning. a report is expected this week on what caused the crash of the atlanta police helicopter saturday night, killing two officer. the chopper was searching for a runaway boy when it hit a power line pole and crashed to the street. >>> the accidental death of a 2-year-old boy at the pittsburgh zoo yesterday was horrific. he died when he fell 11 feet into an exhibit and was mauled by wild dogs. >>> milt campbell has died at the age of 78. he won the gold medal in the ten-event competition in melbourne, australia. >>> a 31-year-old amputee climbed flights for charity at chicago's
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Nov 7, 2012 4:00am PST
with the u.s. as far as washington is willing to go. israel offered muted congratulations. they had strongly supported romney. we're even hearing from the taliban in pakistan saying, you know what, obama and romney are pretty much the same enemy that we'll continue to fight. for obama, only hours after winning his next term, he's getting his first order of overseas business, at least courtesy of british prime minister david cameron who in a tweet today called obama his friend. he was interviewed on the border with jordan and syria and said that they must do something now. he wants balk's help to assist the people of syria to save them from the slaughter he said is going on there, to put more pressure on the assad regime and to help the rebels. lynn? >> now the work begins. michelle, thanks so much. affirmative action. smoking marijuana for pleasure and defining marriage. how did the states vote? >>> plus president obama's vision for america over the next four years and beyond in his own words. >>> a big storm exiting the east coast is going to affect travel all the way across the country. al
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Nov 13, 2012 4:30am PST
and kelly but he's still on the job for now, in washington preparing for the a senate confirmation hearing that's been put on hold. meanwhile the fbi conducted a consensual search of broadwell's home. jill kelly's brother calls her the victim. >> she took real issue with it. when she took issue with it, she didn't realize this was going to start a storm. >> reporter: congress wonders why it took several days for them and the president to learn about petraeus. >> there was no national security breach. the fbi said it an i think that's the end of the story. >> reporter: it may not be. lawmakers still want to hear from petraeus not just on his affair but on his investigation into the deaths in benghazi, libya. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> 4:37. this morning a san mateo county judge decides how to proceed after throwing out the murder charges against a man convicted of killing his once best friend. the judge said his fifth amendment rights were violated by ignoring his request for an attorney. >>> a south bay mom accused of using her daughter to help her rob a grocery store is now e
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Nov 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
.2 of a percent margin of error. we'll talk about the political side of this with our reporter in washington in just a bit. >>> speaking of jobs, this couple recently graduated from the university of wisconsin. started a facebook app that brought in millions of users. but they were on student visas. so when they left school, they were forced to go back home to india. they took their company with them. very success. . when they left, they were paying $100,000 a year in taxes in the united states. we'll take a closer look at this problem sunday morning right after "meet the press." republicans and democrats say, yes, this is broken. so why can't they solve it? we'll take a look. >> that's a strange reality. interesting to hear that breakdown. >> thank you very much. >>> 6:17 right now. you do get an hour coming up. christina loren here to talk about a great weekend. >> this is how dark it's going to be around 5:17. we'll have beautiful live pictures to show you while our show is still happening. you don't have to wait for the sun to come up until 7:30. we're at 48 in livermore and 46 in gilroy
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Nov 8, 2012 6:00am PST
's hope washington can get back to business after the long, bitter election and perhaps, laura an jon, that fiscal cliff can be avoided. >> scott, thank you very much. so the question is what exactly is this so-called fiscal cliff? and will president obama and congress be able to avoid it through some kind of compromise? for those answers and more, let's take it over to tracie potts. she is live on capitol hill this morning hopefully with some clear picture of what lies ahead. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the fiscal cliff is something that can affect your family, something that can affect the federal budget and something that the folks here in washington need to deal with pretty quickly. essentially there are a number of things that are all expected to happen before the end of the year, all put together or considered this cliff. long-term unemployment benefits especially in states with high unemployment, like california, expiring. the 2% payroll tax cut expiring. medicare payments to doctors and hospitals facing a major cut. the bush tax cuts, they go away january 1st with
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Nov 1, 2012 2:05am PDT
an evergreen show. >> david letterman had denzel washington on. he said he wouldn't have turned up for anybody but dave. said he swam to the studio. a lot of tweets. >> twitter, we saw rosie o'donnell showed a picture of her backyard that now looks like a river that is -- >> a terrifying picture of a tree down. and then a lot of celebrities, too, took to twitter whether on the west of the east coast to wish everybody well. >> the one lovely thing i get a million e-mails, press releases every day. monday i didn't get a single press release from a single celebrity promoting anything but this so it was a really good thing. >> so, moving on, jennifer aniston and justin -- >> are shopping. >> slow news day, out shopping for furniture. >> oh, stop it, hoda. >> we are happy for them. >> this is why this is a big story. >> why? >> he has moved pretty much into her life. now they are starting fresh. they bought a house together. they are not using her furniture, they are buying furniture together, which what people are saying this is going to be a good relationship. >> cute. >> very cute. they were loo
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Nov 10, 2012 5:00am PST
, as questions about the affair and the fallout swirl around washington. >>> state of confusion. the rest ofhe country has elected a president while the election results in florida remain too close to call. many are asking when it comes to voting why is the sunshine state still in the dark? >>> and bieber breakup. word that justin bieber and selena gomez have split. while they might be sad, a lot of 'tween and teenage girls are likely shrieking with joy, "today," saturday, november 10th, 2012. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. general david petraeus was one of the most revered figures in washington. a four-star general known for turning around the war in iraq. >> he was even considered a potential presidential candidate, so his admission that he had an extramarital affair, forcing his resignation as cia director, has set off shockwaves around washington. it was discovered as part of an fbi investigation, and it's got many wondering did he compromise national security, and is there more to this story? we're going to have much m
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Nov 23, 2012 6:00pm PST
from special interest groups. danielle lee has more from washington. >> reporter: congress may need to drown out the noise next week as they look more common ground to avoid $500 billion in tax increases. several unions launched an ad campaign, pressuring lawmakers to protect entitlement programs. >> for working families, it's not about cutting things we rely on most. >> reporter: advocates for the elderly, weaponsmakers, the oil and gas industry, even charity. >> congress has failed to do its job for the past ten years and they are so far continuing to fail to do their job. >> reporter: rick edleman worries the tug of war could end with no solution. a real possibility, as democrats reject spending cuts and republicans resist tax increases. >> if you're in congress, you can reduce taxes on january 2 relative to the new rates that prevail starting then. >> reporter: it's a dance analysts doubt lawmakers will risk taking. >> since it will affect every voter, i suspect there whether be a deal. >> reporter: lawmakers will start next week committed to compromise. in washington, danielle
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Nov 7, 2012 5:00am PST
that washington must come together. >> the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> give back to america through public service. that is a legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. >> reporter: the president won the slim majority in key states, ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, iowa, colorado, new hampshire, virginia and nevada weren't called until early this morning, after he was declared the projected winner. still outstand, florida, where at 2:00 a.m., people were still in line voting. not only does florida still need to count those votes but also we're told thousands of absentee ballotings ths that haven't eve touched yet. that's the latest from us this morning, back to you. >>> he doesn't like to make predictions but he called this race with expert precision. he is our own political analyst. what a night. jim, you're on the money. >> what a prediction. we put you in the hot seat yesterday. we asked you to make your own prediction. you nailed it. tack a look. >> my
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Nov 9, 2012 6:00am PST
into recession. so can washington solve this in time? let's bring in tracie potts live on capitol hill. president obama is speaking out about this issue for the first time since his re-election. is there the incentive there for cooperation? >> reporter: well, they have got the incentive because people are just fed up with the gridlock in washington and now that we're past the election, we hear that the president today is going to say you've got to get those bush tax cuts reinstated for the beginning of the year and come on, congress, democrats, republicans, let's cooperate. but the incentive comes with the fact that if people's taxes go up and their paychecks are smaller come the beginning of the year, neither party here in washington will be very popular, scott. >> what's really at stake for democrats and republicans as well here? >> reporter: well, they have got different priorities. take a look, for the democrats, they want to guarantee for middle income earners, for the middle class, that taxes are kept low and they also support higher taxes for the wealthy. that's something that was pitched
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Nov 13, 2012 11:00am PST
is still on the job for now. in washington preparing for a senate confirmation hearing that has been put on hold. the pentagon has conducted a search of the home. jill kelly's brother took issue with it. >> she took issue with it and she did not realize it would spark a maelstorm. >> reporter: it took several days for the president to learn about petraeus. a senior defense official says allen denies doing anything inappropriate. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you very much. the latest strange twist, petraeus actually has a connection to a new video game released early this morning. scott mcgrew is here with that part of the story. >> good morning. the game is called "call of duty black ops 2." as you load this game into your x-box this morning, you are not waiting. you are discovering one of the characters in the game is indeed petraeus. now, there is no indication petraeus actually participated in the making of the game, but he is in there. we have some video here for you from last night. just before midnight, they are counting down. >> three, two, one. >> there they go.
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Nov 14, 2012 4:30am PST
believed to be at her brother's home in washington. questions remain about whether petraeus may be called to testify about his investigation into the death in libya. >> up to congress to make decisions about who was called to testify. the president is confident that act director morrell is fully informed and capable of representing. >> hear from david petraeus as well. >> i can't imagine why secretary petraeus would not come up here and testify. >> tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> far from it. >>> san francisco getting ready to take a major step forward in planning for a new warrior sale. here's what's happening in a couple of hours now. >> live look at the bay bridge. we will give you an update what else is going on for your wednesday morning commute. >>> a major step regarding the basketball arena for golden state warriors. the budget committee expected to approve the start of environmental reviews out there waterfront arena being planned. mayor ed lee and warriors planning to make what they are calling a major jobs announcement regarding that arena. and concerning those warriors,
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Nov 16, 2012 4:00am PST
weeks. >>> tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> well, for now for a look at weather. tracking some business stuff in the west. >> the west coast is a place where the storms are going to be. most won't even travel across the nation. they'll be just hitting the coast and weakening and next one will reload. we're watching this morning some light rain around los angeles. notice just green on the map shows light rain. the white is light snow. looks like you have to head up to tahoe here in the central portions of the sierra to get any snow at all. let's show you rainfall expectancy. the most concentrated rains will be in the higher elevations here but as far as san jose, san francisco, northward, you have a better chance of heavier rainfall amounts and near yosemite and higher elevations we'll wring the moisture out. on and off showers in the forecast for everyone today. a bigger batch of rain will come into tomorrow. as far as what we're looking at on the map, here's the next impulse coming down in the jet stream. winds are fast. one behind that. this is the one we're de
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Nov 21, 2012 4:30am PST
new details this morning from washington. >> reporter: the smoldering bus is the latest scene violence in israel. officials say at least ten people were injured in the attack. this, after a series of explosions lit up the gaza sky overnight. the latest israeli air strikes are proof israeli prime minister netanyahu is not backing down without a cease-fire. already more than 100 rockets poured towards israel. now soldiers are standing by, ready for a ground invasion, targeting hamas if necessary. >> we're about to go into -- and fire. nobody wants to -- >> reporter: nobody, including president obama, who arivalled back at the white house this morning after a trip to asia. a trip secretary of state hillary clinton cut short to help negotiate a truce in the middle east. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of the israelis and palestinians alike. >> reporter: clinton met with palestinian president mahmoud abbas this morning. her last stop will be cairo. because the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with
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Nov 23, 2012 5:30pm PST
day when so many people start to head back home. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> this night after thanksgiving is just another night of cold, dark, and curfews for so many people along the coast recovering from the monster storm named sandy. life is still standing still for people from the jersey shore, north through new york and beyond. just tonight, new jersey governor chris christie announced the preliminary estimate of damage in his state alone? $29 billion before it is all over. one of the landmarks that was ripped apart was seaside in new jersey, where the boardwalk was a summertime attraction for millions. pictures of the roller coaster relocated in the ocean have been shown around the world. and now local officials there are considering for now leaving it right where it sits as a tourist attraction, anything to bring the visitors back. >>> and there is a reason to celebrate for some hardest hit. breezy point in new york, where 111 homes were lost. this couple were busy planning their wedding set for the day when the storm hit last month. their house was flooded. the
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Nov 24, 2012 5:00pm PST
in washington. >> reporter: at a little book store just outside the nation's capital president obama and his daughters were thinking small. >> we can do a little shopping as well. happy thanksgiving, everybody. >> reporter: on this small business saturday the president chose to lead by example. giving a boost to the small businesses that often get lost in the holiday sales shuffle. >> small businesses are the job creators. two out of every three met new private sector jobs are created by a small business. >> reporter: and those small business owners are counting on their neighbors for survival. >> just don't have that kind of budget, just advertising with the mega marketing. it's nice to still be remembered and small business saturday is the best time that people notice us. ♪ >> reporter: christmas traditions like this seem almost quaint when compared to the new face of the holidays. big chain stores got their holiday season off and running, even before the traditional black friday feeding frenzy. they're hoping an extra shopping week this year can boost their bottom lines to nearly $600 b
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Nov 26, 2012 11:00am PST
of next month, tax increases and spending cuts will kick in. we have more from washington with signs of a compromise. >> reporter: back from the turkey dinners, lawmakers are fresh. for months, efforts to avoid the tax increases and $100 billion in spending cuts have failed. republicans have been unwilling to raise taxes and democrats have been refusing to cut social security and medicare. now all that is changed. >> i'm willing to generate revenue. it is fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham will violate a policy not to raise taxes. >> from my side of the table, bring reform. >> reporter: the promises come with contingencies. many republicans want to raise revenue by capping tax deductions or closing loopholes. democrats are still trying to keep some entitlement programs out of negotiations. >> social security set aside. it doesn't add to the deficit. when it comes to medicare and medicaid, protect the program. >> reporter: distance from a deal still evident although the gap between lawmakers is closing. just this morning, the white ho
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Nov 27, 2012 11:00am PST
the fiscal cliff. we have tracie potts with details from washington. >> reporter: today, president obama meets with small business leaders. a new white house economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle class family will owe uncle sam $2,200 next year. >> middle class families should see an extension of the tax cuts. >> reporter: some republicans who have been dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we have been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it is tied to spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform that broadens base. >> you don't raise rates. you cap the amounts of eitemize deductions. >> reporter: america is borrowing too much money trying to keep social security and medicare afloat. >> there will come a point in time where we can't borrow anymore money and interest rates will sky rocket. >> this congress is already one vote away from avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: and no word yet on when the next white house meeting will happen. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you. the governor of new
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Nov 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in washington. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. susan rice, by all accounts, the president's top choice to replace hillary clinton, had hoped to mend fences on capitol hill. it didn't turn out that way. the u.n. ambassador hasn't even been nominated to be secretary of state. but today she volunteered for a grilling in the senate. her critics were not satisfied. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> the bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before. >> reporter: rice acknowledged today she was wrong on a key fact, when she went on five morning programs and said benghazi was a copycat attack. >> what happened in benghazi was initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: there was no protest in benghazi, but she blamed the cia as she did last week. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary. >> reporter: a
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Nov 5, 2012 12:30am PST
pro-mize is possible in washington or was that just politics? >> i think compromise is always possible in washington. its standard in any kind of negotiation, including negotiations in business between management and unions for things to go down to the 11th hour. that doesn't mean things are falling aapartment it is the nature of the game and the way it is played. our government has managed to get through many, many crises and despite the rhetoric, despite the hostility we get things done eventually. it would be nicer if people were more civil toward one another but the reality is the government is pretty effective in the long run at getting things done. i'm always an optimist on this thing and i think we can do it. >> we know you disagree on a wide range of policies from taxes to the role of government. what where do you find common ground. >> eddie and i have been friends a long time. it's funny. we were together a few days ago and thinking of that same subject. i think we have broad agreement on tax reform. if you are going to do tax reform in 2013, what form should it take and how
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Nov 6, 2012 4:30am PST
topics. voters in maine, maryland and washington will decide to legalize same-sex marriage and in minnesota amend the state constitution to ban gay michigan. in washington, oregon and colorado voters will be asked for recreational use of marijuana. los angeles voters will decide whether porn stars should be required to use condoms while performing in adult films. >>> one of the big items here in california will be voting on today's proposition 30. it is the governor's tax initiative and this one has some big politicians behind it. a yes on prop 30 and a rally was held yesterday in san francisco. governor jerry brown was there with some political heavyweights like senator dianne feinstein and former mayor willy brown. former democrats are beyond yes on 30, but plenty of people plan to vote against it. >> you are trying to get people to vote and trying to get them to vote for a specific reason. if you had to explain to them about the transition from state prison to local and how it has to be subsidized and all that, no, that gets fuzzy. >> a false choice to say it's education
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